Mrs Sian Elizabeth Shepherd

Consultant Dietitian

BSc Honours Nutrition, MBDA, Registered Dietitian & Sports Dietitian

Year qualified:1977

Specialty

Personal profile

Sian has over 25 years' experience within the National Health Service. She is currently employed as Specialist Gastroenterology Dietitian at Guys and St Thomas's Hospitals. She was up until the summer of 2016, Dietitian for Older People and Trauma patients at The Whittington Hospital in London. A role she developed and was privileged to undertake from 2013 - 2016. Prior to this she worked as Gastroenterology Specialist Dietitian at The Homerton Hospital (2012/13), as a Specialist Neurology/Stroke Dietitian at Kings College NHS Foundation Trust, London (2012). 

Between 2004 and 2011 she was a Senior Dietitian at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust based in Fulham Road and Sutton. She has concurrently run her private dietetic consultancy practice at  BMI Cavell Hospital since 2002 and at BMI The Kings Oak Hospital since 2008, specialising in the dietary management of gastroenterology, oncology and Type II diabetes patients.

Prior to 2004, Sian worked for several years as a Senior Dietitian with Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust and The North Middlesex NHS Trusts, building excellent relations with the local Consultants and GPs. In this capacity she worked closely with the Head and Neck Oncology, Gastroenterology and Diabetes teams, in addition to making regular contributions at The Cardiac Rehabilitation Education programme at Chase Farm Hospital.

She graduated from the University of Surrey with an Honours Degree in Nutrition, having trained as a student Dietitian at St Bartholomew's Hospital, The Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Sian is committed to Continuous Professional Development to support clinical skills. She holds a post-graduate Teaching Certificate in Adult Education and in 2014 completed a BDA accredited Behavioural Change Training course . She has also successfully completed Kings College London Low FODMAP course aimed at the l management of patients with irritable bowel syndrome.  She has also completed the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Parenteral and Enteral Clinical Update Course and in 2013 was awarded a Professional Development Award by her professional body.

In 2005 after National Accreditation as a Sports Dietitian, she was admitted onto the National Sports and Exercise Nutritionist register resigning in 2011. In 2006/07 she worked with Hertfordshire Sports Development Unit advising many of the junior county sports teams regarding their nutrition and fluid requirements and has worked with many elite athletes at national and local level in the world of badminton, sailing and judo.

Sian served as Public Relations Officer for Dietitians working in Sports and Exercise Nutrition and has been actively and regularly involved in the training of both student Dietitians and Nurses at The Whittington and other hospitals.

She was an adviser to a research team at Portsmouth University in 2008/09, reviewing the development of a range of healthy and non-allergenic weaning and toddler foods which were later launched in Waitrose, Ocado and Little Chef. In  2011, she  assisted Chef  Raymond Blanc with the nutritional analysis of his recipes for his bestselling cook book Kitchen Secrets 2. Sian is passionate about hospital catering and was dietetic lead for catering matters at The Whittington Hospital since 2013 and prior to that at The Royal Marsden when the team won many national awards from Sustain and the Soil Association.

Sian lives in Winchmore Hill with her husband and enjoys cycling, gym, aerobics and the theatre, in addition to skiing and sailing whenever the opportunity arises.

Clinical Interests

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (trained Low FODMAP practitioner)
  • Coeliac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases, specifically Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's 
  • Nutritional Support of patients with cancer, swallowing difficulties or neurological impairment such as Parkinson's disease and dementia
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Dietary management of elevated cholesterol
  • Women's health promoting guidance during pregnancy, menopause and older age
  • Weight management programmes

Useful Links

Professional Memberships

  • The Health Professional Council
  • The British Dietetic Association
  • The National Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register

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